Chargers vs. Seahawks NFL Preseason Week 3 Preview and Best Bet

 

Chase Daniel #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off to Darius Bradwell #34. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP
Chase Daniel #7 of the Los Angeles Chargers hands off to Darius Bradwell #34. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

 

The Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks wrap up their 2021 NFL season preparations on Saturday when they go head-to-head at Lumen Field in Seattle. Opening NFL odds corner this game with the hosts, but the Seahawks have yet to win a game in the preseason. What gives? This rather fact stands in stark contrast with the betting odds, begging the question, therefore, whether the markets have it right.

L.A Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Saturday, August 28, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at Lumen Field, Seattle

 

Chargers Wrap Up Preseason On The Road

The Los Angeles Chargers are set to close preseason action on the road – their only road game during this month of exhibition games. Newly appointed head coach Brandon Staley has taken a cautious approach to the preseason, but nonetheless his side has gone 1-1-0 in the preseason with two low-scoring accounts. They beat the LA Rams 13-6 in their preseason opener and lost to the San Francisco 49ers 15-10 in the second week at SoFi Stadium.

For precautionary reasons, Staley didn’t play his starters in the first two games; so it’s unlikely he’ll change the approach for this final game. Staley is a product of Sean McVay’s coaching staff after all. Those familiar with the Rams’ head coach know he doesn’t put any emphasis on winning in the preseason. The practice sessions during the week are taken more seriously than these exhibition games and that’s when the starters get the work in.

Hence, the final clash on the warmup schedule against the NFC West defending champions, Seattle Seahawks, is likely to follow the course of its predecessors. The rookies and hopefuls will shoulder the responsibility with Staley working in players he needs to figure out.

Easton Stick, who was presumed to be the third-string quarterback, got the start in last weekend’s clash with the Niners and he played surprisingly well. He went 10-of-14 for 85 yards and a touchdown. Stick also showed some moves on the ground and rushed for 15 yards on three scrambles. Whether Stick has done enough to win the backup job from veteran Chase Daniel remains to be seen. This final game is likely to settle that score.

Seahawks Going Through The Motions

Pete Carroll is one of those NFL head coaches that doesn’t put any stock into the preseason. So, it’s no surprise that the Seahawks have a 0-2-0 record to show for their two laps of the exhibition schedule. What is surprising though, is the overwhelming favour the Seahawks are benefiting from in the betting. Bearing in mind the preseason losing record, the NFL odds and lines as they’re currently set don’t appear to be warranted at all.

The Seahawks opened their preseason with a 20-7 loss to the Raiders followed by a 30-3 walloping at the hands of the Broncos in week 2. Russell Wilson, Jamal Adams, and a slew of other starters were left out of both games and watched from the side-lines as their second-tier teammates were steamrolled twice. It wasn’t the best optics, to be sure.

Carroll has worked out several quarterbacks through the rounds of exhibition games but none has impressed. Geno Smith left the first game after suffering a hit. He went 4-of-10 for 46 yards before he was ruled out. Alex McGough went 8-of-10 for 54 yards and 1 touchdown in Seattle’s loss to the Raiders while Sean Mannion went 7-of-11 for 34 yards.

Smith didn’t play in week 2 for the Seahawks, meaning McGough and Mannion split the duty of leading the offense. While both clocked some yardage in the passing game, the offense was generally lifeless and it mustered up a paltry field goal over four quarters of play. In fact, McGough was waived off by the Seahawks this Monday, ending his sojourn in Seattle.

All facets of the game proved ineffective in last week’s loss to the Broncos as they comfortably stomped to the overwhelming win. However, more worryingly though, three players left the game prematurely due to injury. Linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven tore

his ACL on the opening kick-off. Later in the game, wide receiver John Ursua tore his ACL as well. Finally, safety Ryan Neal also suffered an oblique injury and left the game.

Chargers vs. Seahawks Betting Predictions

Based on the first two rounds of exhibition games, neither the Chargers and Seahawks have been hugely impressive. How the Seahawks are favoured by so many points is bamboozling. They’ve only scored 10 points through two games. The Chargers, on the other hand, edge it slightly in the betting with the brewing quarterback battle between Daniel and Stick heating up. Those twp especially have incentive to play hard and, even, win this game as a result. So, the Chargers are the best bet and the NFL pick is to take the points with the Chargers.

NFL Pick: Chargers +6 (-110) with Bet365

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